Healthy Diwali finds its way in India with the ban on Hazardous Chinese Firecrackers

A pocket-friendly danger gained popularity in India, over the years leading to high levels of pollution

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October 29, 2016: The Festival of lights which is widely celebrated all over India with great pomp seems to have lost its glamor this year because of the ban on the popular Chinese fireworks which over the years became synonymous to Diwali in India. Early this month, Central government banned Chinese firecrackers in India stating that they are hazardous. Moreover, the government never gave any license or permission for the import of such fireworks.

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So, why exactly are Chinese fireworks problematic?

The Chinese firecrackers that make their way into India are undoubtedly pocket-friendly but they contain highly unstable potassium chlorate, a sharp jolt is enough for them to explode. The chemicals used in those Chinese firecrackers are toxic and can cause allergies and skin diseases. Whereas, Indian firecrackers are inert as they use potassium and sodium nitrates which make it safer.

In India, since 1992 the use of potassium chlorate in firecrackers has been banned and is only permitted in small quantities and for specific purposes like for manufacturing match heads, for scientific purposes and other such things.

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China, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of firecrackers, makes a wide range of these products containing Potassium chlorate or perchlorate in firecrackers which make them burn brighter and last longer. Also, the cost of potassium chlorate is almost third that of potassium or sodium nitrate. So, a pocket-friendly danger gained popularity in India, over the years leading to high levels of pollution. High amount sulphur and potassium chlorate in those crackers produces toxic oxides which in turn cause eye irritation, prolonged exposure can even lead to bronchitis and other health issues.

China, which is the world’s largest manufacturer of firecrackers, makes a wide range of these products. Potassium chlorate or perchlorate in firecrackers makes it burn brighter and last longer. Also, the cost of potassium chlorate is almost third that of potassium or sodium nitrate. So, a pocket-friendly danger gained popularity in India, over the years leading to high levels of pollution. High amount sulphur and potassium chlorate in those crackers produces toxic oxides which in turn cause eye irritation, prolonged exposure can even lead to bronchitis and other health issues.

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According to The Indian Express, “Fireworks worth Rs 1,500 crore are smuggled into India each year. Crackers worth Rs 9 crore were seized from the inland depot in Tughlakabad earlier this month.”

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